#65 – Fall 2019


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African Poets

Conversation with
Kwame Dawes

Rattle #65 cover, woman with flowers on faceThe Fall 2019 issue features a tribute to African Poets. The most vibrant poetry in English today might be coming out of Africa—Kwame Dawes, founder of the African Poetry Book Fund, certainly thinks so, and after reading over 1,000 submissions for this issue, we have to agree. The 17 poems in our feature section are representative of the urgency and excitement that makes the poetry coming out of the continent feel so vital.

The open section features 21 eclectic poems, including new work by Ted Kooser, Laura Kasischke, William Logan, Wendy Videlock, and more.


African Poets

Audio Available O-Jeremiah Agbaakin Ode to David’s Ennui // Or the Land of Babel II
Audio Available Ifeoluwa Ayandele Chasing Home
Kwame Dawes Sorrow
Jonathan Endurance Aubade in the Boneyard
Zaid Gamieldien Eight Haiku
Audio Available Rasaq Malik Gbolahan What My Children Remember
Pamilerin Jacob Erectile Dysfunction as a Variant of Skototropism
Audio Available Temidayo Jacob My Mother Died with Her Home
Labeja Kodua Ill Nights
Akachi Obijiaku For the Love of Oil
Anointing Obuh Don’t You Go
Audio Available Chisom Okafor Birthing
Audio Available Ukamaka Olisakwe Slut
Chidinma Opaigbeogu Afternoon
Audio Available Olajide Salawu Finally, My Grandfather Undid Darkness
Charika Swanepoel I Fell in Love with an Historian Once
Audio Available Trust Tonji What Makes a Saint Saint?


Heather Bell Crayola Has a Contest to Name Their New …
Jeeae Chang Enough About the Men …
Audio Available Jamey Hecht Don’t Speak
Audio Available Turns Out, I’m Still Asleep
Ruth Cassel Hoffman Voice
Audio Available David James At the Forty Winks Motel
Laura Kasischke The Odyssey
Ted Kooser A Town Somewhere
Wood Chips
William Logan Old Rope
Megan Mary Moore If Body Dysmorphia Follows Me to Death
Audio Available Peter Munro Benediction
Audio Available Peter E. Murphy Doing Time
Aaron Poochigian Centralia, PA
Rolli Let Us Not Even Dream
Audio Available Wally Swist The Ringing of Silence
Ben Terry A Bright Future
Audio Available Alexandra Umlas Dissection
Jack Vian Flow Chart Without the Flow
Wendy Videlock Sticks and Sky
Sonja Vitow Radiant


Kwame Dawes (web)

Cover Art

Adwoa Andoh (web)